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Manta Ray Komodo Diving

Komodo – On The Edge

March 15th - 21st 2020

Trip Theme

The Komodo National park is one of the best known dive locations in the world but is in a critical condition which could see this once pristine environment pushed past the point of return. Famous for its vibrant coral reef systems and the many pelagic visitors including mantas, current changes in environmental conditions are having a direct impact on these critical species within the national park.

Recent events have seen Komodo receive a lot of international attention as measures to prevent further damage to this environment have been speculated on.

Throughout the trip, our aim will be to show guests the good the bad and the ugly side to this and understand in more detail what the future holds for the national park.

Our Hosts

Our hosts for this adventure will be the epic Wunderpus team. This will be our third trip together and each one is a development and progression from the last.

Wunderpus co-founder Ed Statham has been a passionate advocate for increased environmental governance within the national park and developing more protections to save this for future generations. As a founding member of DOCK (dive operators community Komodo) he has been central to the development of sustainable operating procedures across the park and the enforcement of these in turn.

The Tour

The tour is scheduled for 7 days / 6 nights. Marchis at the beginning of the Komodo season and is one of the best times to see Komodo and potentially access some of the more remote locations in the national park but also enjoy relatively quiet and uncrowded sites. Guests will have the opportunity to perform an optional check dive on the Mimic day boat to allow guests to familiarise themselves with Komodo and the diving conditions within the park.

 

The Safari will be focused on finding both the big creatures such as mantas, sharks, mobulas, whales and the small and abundant macro sites available.

 

As part of the tour, guests will also be given the chance to partake in a coral propagation course using one of Oceanquest Global partners’ nursery site. This will include site surveys, further information about the coral biology, threats and preservation techniques and an opportunity for guests to plant their own specific coral which they will receive growth updates on.

The Schedule
March – 13th Guests arrive 
March – 14th Check Dives
March – 15th Tour Day 1
March – 16th Tour Day 2
March – 17th Tour Day 3
March – 18th Tour Day 4
March – 19th Tour Day 5
March – 20th Tour Day 6
March – 21st Tour Day 7 – Retur to LBJ
The Package

Package cost per person is $2,350

The package includes the following:
– Private Charter of the entire boat (Maximum 8 guests)
– Accommodation in double cabins with AC,
en-suite bathroom and hot water shower (4 cabins in total, 2 of which have a double bed and 2 of which have a double bed and a raised single bed).
– 4 delicious meals per day
– Unlimited water/tea/coffee
– Minimum 3 dives per day with DM/Instructor in a group of maximum 4 divers
– Unlimited Snorkeling
– All equipment and personal safety equipment,
– Trekking with the Komodo Dragons on
Rinca or Komodo Island
– Harbor clearance
– Airport pick up/drop off if required
– Evening workshops and talks to help guests understand more about the threats to this
area

– Coral conservation course with follow up updates on coral growth for the first year

– 1 x 125ml bottle of reef friendly sunscreen

– Exclusive DRP merchandise

– DOCK sustainability pack including reusable tote bag, metal straw & cleaning brush in pouch, reusable DOCK bottle, DOCK supporters diving tag (provides 10% discount on F&B with DOCK supporters restaurants and free re-fills)

The package excludes:
– Beer/wine/sodas
– Staff
gratuities

– National Park fees*

*National Park fees are required for each day of your trip and consist of the following per person:
Diving Ticket: 175,000IDR/day (250,000IDR on Sundays and National Holidays)
Local tax: 100,000IDR/day

Snorkeling Ticket: 165,000IDR/day (240,000IDR on Sundays and National Holidays)
Trekking Fee: 100,000IDR per person plus a guide fee of 80,000IDR
splittable by up to 4 people per guide. Note that trekking fees are only needed when we go dragon trekking on Rinca or Komodo Island.

– Check dives and dragon trekking on Mimic on 14th (Approximately $100pp)

– Evening Meal costs on the 14th and 21st

– Accommodation on the 15th and 21st **

** DRP are happy to organise this element but have not costed this in as guests may have differing accommodation requirements.

Conservation Topics

At DRP, the aim of our tours is always to provide guests with specific insights into the area, what are the conservation challenges and what is being done to combat these.

With the start of the manta ray migration season, we will be aiming to show guests these graceful creatures and help them understand more about the challenges that they currently face.

Komodo has huge biodiversity and the coral reefs form an integral part of this, however, destructive fishing practices, over tourism and other factors are significantly damaging these. The DRP team will provide insights into coral conservation and will provide guests with the opportunity to learn and discover more about this critical environment for the health of our oceans.

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